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Old 8 Apr 2015, 15:05 (Ref:3525069)   #46
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I am going to this race because I went to the opener at Sebring and it was great (gonna have to DVR the WEC on FS1!) There are not many fans like it used to be, but the competition and atmosphere are well worth it. I paid $10 to get in at Sebring. Homestead may be $20 for a day. TA2, which is the ascendant category of the series, will have their own race this weekend.
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Old 8 Apr 2015, 15:46 (Ref:3525075)   #47
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Pretty jealous! Overall grids of close to 70 cars is amazing!

Trying to find a way to see TA at some point in the season - preferably at Lime Rock, Mid-Ohio or VIR.

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Old 8 Apr 2015, 16:06 (Ref:3525082)   #48
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It's surprising to see Trans-Am getting a big grid nowadays! Of course, it can't compete against Pirelli World Challenge in their current state.
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Old 8 Apr 2015, 16:11 (Ref:3525083)   #49
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It's surprising to see Trans-Am getting a big grid nowadays! Of course, it can't compete against Pirelli World Challenge in their current state.
I wish there would be more PWC/Trans Am joint weekends
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I wish there would be more PWC/Trans Am joint weekends
Exactly as this might turn into a Super GT-esque event, seeing tube-frame behemoths and GT3 cars racing together!
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Old 8 Apr 2015, 16:34 (Ref:3525087)   #51
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It's surprising to see Trans-Am getting a big grid nowadays! Of course, it can't compete against Pirelli World Challenge in their current state.
I think you'll see a lot more green racing time in TA this weekend!

Seriously, the TA(1) cars are not that much slower than the GT3s (if not faster, not a clue about the laptimes tbh) but - on average - sound much better and the ground pounding V8s make your body shake when they pass by at speed!

Anyway, yes, a PWC-TA double header is a mouth watering prospect! Oddly enough, both series are sanctioned by SCCA-Pro but so far the synergy is far to be found...
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TA1 cars are quicker than GT1 cars, iirc.
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Old 8 Apr 2015, 17:57 (Ref:3525110)   #53
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TA1 cars are quicker than GT1 cars, iirc.
The TA1s are quite a bit faster in a straight line than GTEs, it's crazy how quick those things are.
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TA1 cars are quicker than GT1 cars, iirc.
In 2005, the TA cars were around 9 seconds slower around Sebring than the GT1 cars. The TA(1) cars are now getting long in the tooth. Although faster than the new TA2 cars, their numbers are dwindling by comparison to TA2. IMO, it seems that the "show" is in TA2, and at some point the series may need to phase out the older cars.
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In 2005, the TA cars were around 9 seconds slower around Sebring than the GT1 cars. The TA(1) cars are now getting long in the tooth. Although faster than the new TA2 cars, their numbers are dwindling by comparison to TA2. IMO, it seems that the "show" is in TA2, and at some point the series may need to phase out the older cars.
IIRC there are still new TA1 chassis being built by Tony Ave and some others. So while the designs might be old, the cars aren't necessarily. Also tubeframe cars don't age quite in the same way that unibodies do, and there still seems to be a good number of them.

How about putting a TA1 engine into a TA2 chassis, though? Aren't the TA2 engines ridiculously understressed?
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IIRC there are still new TA1 chassis being built by Tony Ave and some others. So while the designs might be old, the cars aren't necessarily. Also tubeframe cars don't age quite in the same way that unibodies do, and there still seems to be a good number of them.

How about putting a TA1 engine into a TA2 chassis, though? Aren't the TA2 engines ridiculously understressed?
Don't know about the engine stress level, but it is an interesting class:

http://gotransam.com/transam101/?cid=59344

Couldn't tell, but I think it is a spec chassis. Also strange that the Dodge body has to run a ford or gm engine....
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Old 8 Apr 2015, 18:40 (Ref:3525126)   #57
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The TA2 cars are also tube frame. They are built by designated series partners, the info is available on their website. I believe a turn-key car is around $100,000. The cost structure is much more NASCAR than IMSA, i.e. they run steel wheels and "fat" Hoosier tires that cost a max of $500/set. It's similar to NASCAR Touring division road races.
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Don't know about the engine stress level, but it is an interesting class:

http://gotransam.com/transam101/?cid=59344
Not saying it isn't. There's also a series for these in Denmark and Sweden, by the way. Jan Magnussen races a Camaro in his spare time there.

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Couldn't tell, but I think it is a spec chassis. Also strange that the Dodge body has to run a ford or gm engine....
I think that info page you linked to is kinda outdated... IIRC the Dodge that Tommy Kendall drove last year had a Dodge engine.
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One of the best things going right now is that Cameron Lawrence (TI Viper driver at Rolex, Sebring) is trying to break into the big leagues and still running the Challenger.
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All TA2 chassis are basically Howe car - several engine and bodywork (Mustang, Camaro and since last year also a Challenger) options. Very similar to the DP formula.

TA3 are production based cars, split into 2 subdivisons: American - for the Mustangs and Camaros, and International for the Porsches, BMW and - oddly enough - Corvettes. These cars are very close to the GTS class in World Challenge, making cross overs easy (on paper).
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